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New IOC president wants to change Olympic bidding

Frederick Bernas, Associated Press

Thomas Bach of Germany, the new president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) arrives to a news conference at the end of the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, succeeds Jacques Rogge, the Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years as head of the Olympic body. Bach, the long-time favorite, defeated five rival candidates in the secret balloting. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Newly elected IOC President Thomas Bach says he wants to change the bidding process for future Olympics and make sustainable development a key priority.

In what could be seen as a reference to discontent in Brazil at the spiraling cost of two major sporting competitions — the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup — Bach says he wants the populations of potential host cities to "be part of the candidature at a very early stage" to ensure "more participation and support."

Madrid's unsuccessful bid for the 2020 Games faced criticism as Spain grapples with a double dip recession and 27 percent unemployment.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will run up a budget of more than $50 billion — the most expensive games to date.